The Turks and Caicos have always been a backwater in the Caribbean. Not much ever happened here and Grand Turk is just an overgrown sand spit coral island. The new cruise ship terminal is a welcome tourist orientated addition to island life. This the highlight of the visitors experience with attractive modern duty free shopping and a large pool and sandy beach anchored by the Margaritaville restaurant within walking distance of the cruise ships.
Cockburn Town has some nice old buildings along Front Street, some in disrepair following hurricane damage. The museum and Old Jail are the most impressive buildings. The most scenic spot is the North Point Lighthouse and park about 6 miles from the Cruise Terminal on the opposite end of the island.
The trip to Cockburn town would have been worthwhile if there was an inexpensive tram service to a local bar on Front street but it is not worth the price of an expensive cruise ship excursion. Any of the volcanic Caribbean islands offer much more scenic and interesting tours
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